BEING A FIRM AT ADGM

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority welcomes financial services firms and institutions who wish to establish their presence in Abu Dhabi’s financial free zone. Firms and individuals can now apply for the appropriate financial services licences, under an internationally recognisable legislative and regulatory framework, that facilitates their local, regional and international expansion. The new financial regulations and rules framework is comprehensive in scope, spanning a variety of regulated financial services, including, asset management, banking and insurance businesses and others.

To know more the ADGM financial services and activities that are available, please go through these simple functions below. To help you start the application process, please feel free to contact the Authorisation team at authorisation@adgm.com to arrange for a meeting, where we will guide you through the application process.

Authorisation

Find out whether your firm should be authorised or registered. Identify the forms you will need to provide, and the types of fees you will have to pay accordingly.

Approved Persons & Changes in Status

An approved person is an individual that FSRA approves to do one or more activities for an authorised firm. These activities are referred to as "controlled functions".

Fees & Levies

Find out about the fees we charge and what they cover, and the levies we collect for organisations that are part of the regulatory system.

Approved Persons & Changes in Status

An approved person is an individual that FSRA approves to do one or more activities for an authorised firm. These activities are referred to as "controlled functions".

Application of Financial Services Permission

To find out whether your firm should be authorised or registered, please refer to the “New Firm Authorisation” at Being A Firm @ ADGM page for more information.

Change in Regulated Activities / Business Scope

For an ADGM authorised firm to add new regulated activities or change its scope of regulated activities.

Registration of Funds

Investment funds that are structured as collective investment schemes (CIS) must be authorised or recognised by FSRA to be promoted in ADGM.

Change in Controllers

A person who intends to acquire or increase control in an authorised firm.

Waivers/ Modification of Rules

To apply for a modification or waiver of specific regulatory requirements.

Withdrawal of Approved Persons

To withdraw an approved person status.

Withdrawal of Financial Services Permission

To cease a business line or to reduce the scope of its permission.

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